Abortionist Andre Nehorayoff’s medical license was suspended in 1991 for negligence and incompetence when he worked at the Manhattan Women’s Health Center. One 18-year-old woman died of what a medical examiner described as “hemorrhage due to incomplete abortion” in 1989, and another had died at his hands about ten years earlier. The court record also stated that a 36-year-old woman had an emergency hysterectomy after he lacerated her uterus, and he also delivered a portion of an 18-year-old woman’s bowel through her cervix.
In 1992, the Board of Regents revoked his medical license for the negligent treatment of five patients from 1983 to 1990 and poor record keeping, court records stated.
In March 2000, the New York State Appellate Division reversed a lower Supreme Court ruling and required the Board of Regents to reconsider restoring the license of Nehorayoff, who practiced in Manhattan.
Assistant Attorney General Patrick Barnett-Mulligan argued that the 1963 graduate of Tehran Medical School in Iran cried all day and couldn’t sleep for three nights when he lost his license, but had little remorse for his patients.
In 1993, the abortionist tried to get his license back. Two years later, he appeared before the Peer Review Committee, which concluded Nehorayoff had “sufficiently fulfilled the standards of remorse, rehabilitation and re-education” to practice again with three years’ probation. Another professional review by the Committee on Professions also recommended he return to the practice of medicine, but with 10 years’ probation.
In 1997, the New York State Board of Regents refused to return the abortionist’s medical license because of the seriousness of his offenses and his “lack of an appropriate degree of concern.” The board also noted the concerns of a consultant. Nehorayoff took the Regents to court, but the Supreme Court sided with the Regents. The Appellate Division court, however, ruled the lower court failed to make a balanced review of evidence. The appellate justices said that the abortionist was contrite, accepted punishment and attended classes to improve his skills and knowledge. In a dissenting opinion, Appellate Division Justice Thomas Mercure said his colleagues shouldn’t have overruled the lower court because the Regents decided restoring the license would pose a risk to the public.
References: “Incompetent Abortion Practitioner Could Get Back License.” Steven Ertelt’s Pro-Life Infonet at http://www.prolifeinfo.org/infonet.html, March 27, 2000; Associated Press, March 24, 2000; New York State Office of Professional Discipline, Committee Order #12342
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